God and Beauty

Anthony Weber —  January 16, 2012 — Leave a comment
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Numerous Christian theologians (as well as philosophers such as Plato) have developed an argument for the existence of God that builds from the presence of beauty in the world.  While it is important for Christians to explain the co-existence of a Creator God with the seemingly gratuitous ugliness of some of the evil of the world, it is equally important to ask those who do not believe in God to explain the presence of superfluous beauty in a chaotic, impersonal universe. From “Hiking The Transcendent Trail”:

“For a couple hours, I was immersed in the stunningly unnecessary beauty of creation.  The idea that all of reality can be reduced to nothing but atoms in motion may pass some kind of muster in a philosophy classroom, but not in midst of the raw beauty of nature.  Yes, there is ugliness too.  I get that.  In fact, in a materialist universe of blind forces and chance, I understand gratuitous evil and decay.  But what do we do with gratuitous beauty?   What do we do when sticks, frozen water, dead chlorophyll sacks, dirt and a distant star take our breath away?  We enjoy it, and remember that our existence is greater than the sum of the details.”

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Anthony graduated from Cedarville University in 1995 with a degree in English Education, and from Trinity College of the Bible and Theological Seminary in Newburgh, Indiana in 2004 with a Master's Degree in Theology and Philosophy. Anthony is a husband and father of three, an author ("Learning to Jump Again"), high school and college teacher, pastor, blogger (tcapologetics.org, empiresandmangers.blogspot.com), and co-founder of etcetera, a "street-level philosophy group" in Traverse City, Michigan.